Cleveland Council Supports Rehiring Of Lt. Tyson After Supporters Say He Was Wrongfully Fired, Smeared

Monday, August 25, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

The Cleveland City Council passed a motion Monday afternoon in support of the rehiring of Lt. Steve Tyson by the Cleveland Police Department after many family members, friends and colleagues spoke in his defense.

Lt. Tyson was terminated from his 27-year career after failing a random drug test. According to family members, Lt. Tyson suffers from kidney stones and took one of his son's pain pills one night after work.

Many of his supporters were extremely upset at the media coverage surrounding the event.

They said it was initially reported he was intoxicated while on the job. Co-workers spoke out saying this was not the case. In fact, Lt. Tyson's shift started approximately 12 hours after he had taken the one pill.

One co-worker said, "I was with him at lunch, he was not impaired in any way."

A family member said, "Steve's good name and character were smeared multiple times in the press, over the air and on the Internet."

Another family friend said the TV coverage of his termination used pictures of spoons and needles, implying he had a problem with illegal drugs such as heroin.

While the police department has stricter employee conduct codes than other city departments, it will be encouraged to accept the City Council's terms. If it does, as per the motion passed, the city will not be able to be held liable for anything involving the issue.

Multiple council members said they received more phone calls, emails and letters about the termination of Lt. Tyson than any other issue in their careers on the council.

Daniel Brantley said, "For reporters looking for scandal...Steve's personnel record is painfully void."

Mr. Brantley also told the council that Lt. Tyson even passed a polygraph test stating that he has no drug problem.

Councilman Richard Banks said, "This looks bad for our city."

He also said, "If it is the policy of the city of Cleveland to terminate an officer for that reason, then the policy is flawed in my opinion."



Firefighters Battle Hard To Access Trailer Fire Monday Afternoon

Chattanooga Fire Department was dispatched to 955 O'Grady Dr. at 2:45 p.m. on Monday on multiple reports of a structure fire. A heavy black column of smoke could be seen from Highway 27 as firetrucks from downtown Station 1 responded around the river. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the fully-engulfed structure was an occupied residence sitting close to a quarter of mile ... (click for more)

Corker, Perdue Back Trump Plan On Afghanistan

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he supports President Donald J. Trump’s stance on the way forward in Afghanistan.   Senator Corker said, “I had the opportunity to talk with Secretary Tillerson in advance of this evening’s address, and while I look forward to receiving additional details, I support the direction President ... (click for more)

The Soul Of Chattanooga Is In Trouble

As a child growing up in the Chattanooga area, at an early age I became fascinated with the history that cloaks the city. In those days there was enough pollution to cover the town and its history but that didn't stop tourists from coming to visit Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and the Chickamauga battlefield.     Chattanooga's leadership was not very far sighted ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Writing From Bragg Avenue

Far and away, my favorite comment on destroying statues appeared on my Facebook page the other day and, believe it or not, it was the clear-minded Times Free Press Sports Editor Stephen Hargis who penned, “This statue offends me! It must be torn down!” Underneath his fiery words, the long-suffered UT football fan posted a picture of the bronze monument outside of Bryant-Denny stadium ... (click for more)

No. 25 Vols Work On Situational Football On Monday

Tennessee held Monday morning's fall camp practice at Neyland Stadium as coach Burch Jones and the Vols, who are ranked No. 25 in the preseason Associated Press poll, focused on situational football. "Right now, we have to have the discipline to execute," Jones said. "Football is too hard of a game as it is from the technical aspect of things, from fundamentals, effort ... (click for more)

Covenant Names Neal Young Head Men's Basketball Coach

After a national search of candidates, the Covenant men's basketball program has a new head coach as director of athletics Tim Sceggel has named Neal Young the 16th head coach in program history. Young comes to Covenant after spending the last four years as head coach at Goshen (Ind.) College. In addition to his head coaching role at Goshen, Young was an associate athletic ... (click for more)